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    >>> now to some amazing progress for hannah luce, the sole survivor of a small plane crash last month. she's finally leaving the hospital and her father spoke exclusively with us about hannah 's recovery. now on the road to recovery, these are the first new images of hannah luce since last month's horrific accident.

    >> pain is getting more tolerable, and less and less.

    >> this is a very bittersweet time, says hannah 's dad, ron luce .

    >> as a parent, you wish so bad you could take that pain for your own child. but of course you can't.

    >> reporter: 22-year-old hannah was one of five aboard a small twin engine cessna on may 11th . the group all with ties to oral roberts university was headed for a christian youth rally in iowa. organized by teen mania ministries which hannah 's father founded. after a sudden midflight malfunction, the plane crashed in a kansas field. and burst into flames.

    >> she's still piecing together other pieces that she remembers.

    >> reporter: hannah , who suffered burns on 30% of her body, is the only survivor.

    >> i wish all of them would have survived. my heart goes out to those families.

    >> reporter: now, after multiple surgeries, and skin grafts at the university of kansas hospital , hannah is headed back home to texas, where she'll continue her recovery at a dallas rehab center. doctors are hopeful that hannah will make a full recovery.

    >> we know that there's a miracle that somehow she was rescued in this.

    >> hannah 's family says they're grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support since the accident. the ntsb is investigating the cause of the plane

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updated 6/4/2012 10:41:12 AM ET 2012-06-04T14:41:12

New images have been released of Hannah Luce, the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash in Kansas last month. “The pain is getting more tolerable and less and less,” her father, Ron Luce, told Matt Lauer on TODAY Monday.

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In the recently released images, Hannah can be seen attempting to stand with the aid of a nurse. It is a miraculous recovery for the 22-year-old.

Video: Dad of sole plane crash survivor: It’s a miracle (on this page)

Hannah was one of five aboard a small twin-engine Cessna that went down in a Kansas field on May 11, 2012. The plane hit trouble mid-flight and burst into flames when it crashed, killing everyone on board except Hannah, including the pilot.

Though she didn’t suffer any broken bones or internal bleeding, Hannah did suffer burns over 30 percent of her body. "As a parent you wish so bad you could take that pain for your child, but of course you can’t,“ her father told Lauer.

Video: Dad of sole plane crash survivor: It’s a miracle (on this page)

Part of Hannah’s recovery process has included multiple skin graft surgeries. According to her family, she remembers the crash and was speaking about it just days after it occurred. However, her father says that Hannah is "still piecing together other pieces as she remembers them.”

The group of Oral Robert University students was flying from Tulsa, Okla., to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for a Christian youth rally organized by Teen Mania Ministries, a youth outreach ministry that Hannah’s father founded 25 years ago.

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Among the victims in the crash were pilot Luke Sheets, 23, as well as students Garrett Coble, 29, and Stephen Luth, 22. All three died on impact.

Austin Anderson, 27, may have pulled Hannah from the crash. But he later died at the hospital, suffering from burns over 90 percent of his body. A former Marine, he had served twice in Iraq and had just graduated from Oral Roberts.

“I wish all of them would have survived," Ron Luce told Lauer. "My heart goes out to those families.”

Hannah has now recovered enough that she can be moved from the Kansas hospital where she was being treated to her home state of Texas. She will continue her recovery at a Dallas rehab center, and doctors remain hopeful.

Her father said, “We know there was a miracle that somehow she was rescued in this.”

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